There is truly nothing more rewarding than a great seminar. Good speakers and amazing presentations can teach you things that you probably won’t learn anywhere else. When you combine this with the lifelong connections that you could potentially make, there really is no better opportunity. On the other hand, if you don’t know exactly how to make the most of the conference, it could be a complete waste of time. And, when you consider the fact that these conferences aren’t cheap, you really don’t want to waste your time and money.
Consider Your Session Ahead Of Time
If you do a search for local seminars in your area you will discover that there are a lot of them. However, all of them might not be applicable to you. Big brand names are always an excellent way to attract attendees, but the truth of the matter is that these seminars are less beneficial for the average attendee, unless you are just trying to network with this particular company or speaker.
Most presenters will have videos and websites online. Make sure that you do the appropriate research to consider which speakers most suit your skills level and niche. If you are just starting out in the SEO world, you don’t want to attend an advanced or intermediate class, because it probably won’t be beneficial to you.
Think About Networking Ahead Of Time
When it comes to any SEO conference, networking is one of the most important aspects. You literally have the opportunity to mingle with hundreds of individuals that could make great lifelong business connections. Of course, everyone there is going to be trying to accomplish the same thing, so you need to make sure that you stand out. You can do this by being prepared in advance. Print out business cards weeks in advance for the conference and make sure that you have plenty of them. Maybe even get yourself some pens or pencils with your company’s logo and contact information.
Be Prepared To Track and Record Information
Attending an SEO seminar isn’t all just about networking. In fact, there is a good chance that you can learn some tips and tricks while you are there. However, it will be entirely impossible for you to remember all the information that is thrown at you during the entirety of the event. This is why you need to come prepared to record and track information. Buy a cheap tape recorder and a few blank tapes to record the speakers or you can go the old-fashioned route and just take notes.
Always Keep Your Name Tag Clear
There is a reason that you are going to be given an identification tag. Not only will this tag give you free roaming access at the event, but it will make you much more approachable. This is why you should consider investing in a lanyard before the event, so you can wear the tag around your neck. If you simply clip the tag to your belt loop or shirt it is going to make it harder for others to see it. In addition to this, you can tie a knot in the lanyard, so that the tag is higher up towards your chest, which will make your name even more visible.
If the event doesn’t hand out name tags, it might be a good idea to bring your own anyway.